What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?

What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive. Continue Reading →

New in Dentistry Materials and Treatments

Patients today are increasingly taking more responsibility for their own health care. They tend to be well-read, educated by previous health-care experiences, and much more discriminating in their own choice of practitioners and treatment methods. As health practitioners struggling with the complex task of helping these patients achieve optimum wellness, we are constantly searching for the information that best answers their questions and offers solutions to their health concerns. Our task is complicated by genetics, the environment, nutrition, emotional and personal habits that compromise and influence our patients’ health. These influences include the subtle but powerful adverse effects of dental materials and procedures on the body. If we look at the optimum wellness and longevity as a complex picture composed of many puzzle pieces, we find a multitude of influences on our health. Continue Reading →